Breed Guide: Balinese

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BalineseDr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Balinese

Weight: 6-11 lb

Points of conformation: Angular body with large ears and head is elongated and tapered to a fine muzzle and long straight nose. Delicate paws and thin tapered tail.

Coat: Semi-long single layered, fine, and silky.

Color: Dark face mask, blue, chocolate, lilac and seal point colors are recognized.

Grooming needs: Low to moderate with a low matting tendency.

Origin: California and New York in the 1950s

Behavior Traits: Highly intelligent, bordering on aloof.

Is a Balinese cat right for You?

This breed was originally called a long-haired Siamese before they were recognized as their own breed, therefore they share a lot of the same breed characteristics as the Siamese.  They tend to be less vocal and more soft-voiced than Siamese, and they also are slightly less active and are content to be a lap cat.  They are highly social and aren’t well-suited to an outdoor lifestyle.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Balinese

According to the number of cat insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Most Expensive Claim 
Skin Allergies $371 $371
Ear Infection $91 $91
Renal Failure $321 $471
Urinary Tract Infection $627 $1,272
Oral Resorptive Lesions $1,232 $1,232


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